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1959 Jaguar XK150 3.8 DHC RHD

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  • This ultimate expression of Jaguar’s XK sports car is the subject of a 2004 restoration
  • This was reported as a concours standard undertaking with the car lightly used since
  • In a condition that is hard to fault and ready to use and enjoy immediately

The Appeal

By the time the XK150 hit the roads in 1957, the XK’s ethos of providing high-performance sports cars at a relatively attainable price had already been established by its predecessors, the XK120 and XK140. The XK150 looked to be a modest evolution but was significantly revised. The single piece windscreen, as opposed to a split screen item, being the most obvious visual differentiator.

 In practical terms the screen was pushed forward by about four inches making entry and exit considerably easier. By 1959 the bigger 3.8L straight-six engine from the MKIX saloon became available in two states of tune.
This example is understood to have undergone a concours standard restoration in 2004. Since then, the car has clearly been cherished and lightly used and seems to retain that “recently restored” appeal. In specification terms this car will tick all the purist’s boxes. A right-hand drive drop head coupe with the 3.8L engine and presenting in a sublime and popular colourway. 

The History and Paperwork

  • This XK150 rolled off the Browns Lane production line towards the end of 1959
  • This was the first year of production for the 3.8L XK150s
  • The car was originally a LHD converted to RHD
  • The XK’s early life remains unknown until 2004
  • In 2003 / 2004 the car underwent a concours level restoration in Auckland New Zealand
  • Post restoration the car appeared on the cover of New Zealand Classic Car magazine 
  • The current owner acquired the car at around that time
  • The XK150 subsequently returned with the owner to Gurnsey in the Channel Islands
  • Since then, the car has been lightly used, diligently maintained and stored
  • There is an archive of paperwork included
  • This consists of the registration document in the name of the owner
  • The Jaguar as an Historic Vehicle and, as such, it is MOT and VED exempt in the UK
  • The owner reports that invoices are on hand for serving work undertaken in his ownership
  • The owner also has an archive of restoration photographs which will be included
  • An extensive list of parts supplied by specialists Guy Broad is also on hand
  • An owners’ manual and workshop manual are also included

The Interior

  • The interior appears to have been retrimmed as part of its restoration
  • This work was clearly undertaken by an experienced specialist
  • Every aspect of the Jaguar’s interior seems to have been expertly addressed

The interior of the XK150 is an analogue delight providing a charming insight into sports car design of the late 1950’s.  The interior is finished in a mid-tan colourway together with complimentary coloured carpets. The front seats consist of shaped bases separated by the transmission tunnel. The folding seat backs meet in the middle to give the impression of a single back rest. 

The transmission tunnel between the seats is finished with a small upholstered “saddle.” This means the seat can be occupied by three people………in dire emergencies. The condition of the box pleated seats can only be described as excellent. The seat backs fold forward to allow access to a carpeted luggage shelf.

The light tan carpets are well fitted, and edge bound for longevity. Jaguar inscribed heavy carpet mats provide protection in both front footwells. The door panels are exquisitely finished in mid-tan leather and feature chromed door furniture and horizontal trim pieces. Slim door pockets are present. 

The dashboard is predominantly finished in matching mid-tan leather. A central panel is home to the original instruments and switchgear. The instruments are the familiar Jaguar white on black Smiths items. On the passenger side is a lidded glove box and chromed grab handle. The driver is faced with a large and upright, four spoke steel and Bakelite steering wheel. This is centred with a Jaguar head boss.

The shallow but deep boot is equally well trimmed and finished with a fitter vinyl protective mat. Under the floor is a spare wire wheel and tyre. The original tool roll is present together with the original jack, spinner mallet and even a fitted alloy grease gun.

The Exterior

  • The exterior of the XK150 has been expertly refinished in a Jaguar Indigo Blue hue
  • The standard of finish appears excellent with a deep and lustrous shine in evidence 
  • The brightwork appears to be equally well presented throughout

To the casual observer the XK150 appeared little changed over the XK120 and 140 models. This impression belied to significant changes and improvements actually wrought. In any event, the XK150 looks fantastic and represents the epitome of late 1950’s sports car chic and sophistication.

Much the equal of the interior, the exterior seems to exhibit the quality of the restoration work expended on this car. The Indigo Blue livery suits the swoops and curves of the XK very well indeed. The front end exhibits the, now, familiar elliptical chromed radiator cowl. This is accompanied by the big twin headlamps and additional driving lights. The rear of the car is differentiated by the oversized numberplate plinth with a shaped chrome surround and highly polished chrome bumper with oversized overriders.

This car sits on an original set of cross spoked 16-inch chromed wire wheels. These appear to be in a fine overall condition. The wheels are affixed with re-chromed, Jaguar inscribed, twin-eared spinners. The wheels are shod in a set of period look radial tyres which appear to retain ample tread. 

The light-tan fabric hood appears to be in an excellent condition and clearly fits appropriately tightly. The large rear window is clear and unfogged. A tonneau cover is included which covers and protects the hood once stowed.

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The Mechanics

  • This XK150 is fitted with Jaguar’s 3781cc, DOHC straight six engine
  • In this guise it breathes through Double SU HD6 carburettors
  • Originally delivering around 220bhp, the power is fed to the rear wheels 
  • A full synchromesh, four-speed manual gearbox with switchable overdrive is utilised

The potent Jaguar straight-six engines endowed the XK range with an unbeatable “performance per pound” quotient for their period. The XK120 was so named for being able to achieve a 120mph top speed. Whilst suggesting that 150mph was, hence, achievable from the XK150 may be labouring the point, the performance was certainly impressive. A number of contemporary tests approached 140mph and achieved a seven second 0-60mph time.  

During the restoration the cars mechanical systems were thought to have been recommissioned and diligently checked. The vendor also alludes to regular maintenance in his ownership with accompanying invoices. This work is known to include a new water pump, new distributor cap and the fitting on a dynator to replace the dynamo. As such the car is reported to run faultlessly with no known issues reported. The XK150s sound great too, with an unmistakeable straight six roar.

The under-bonnet presentation is as good as the rest of the car with a great deal of originality retained. All expected data plates appear present and correct and the alloy cam cover, carburettor bowls and manifold are all nicely finished. What can be seen of the underside of the car appears to be in an excellent condition. The condition appears commensurate with a 2004 restoration and subsequent sympathetic usage.

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Even by the standards of the time the XK150 range was a modestly produced car with a little over 9,000 built and sold worldwide. However only around 2,700 of those were XK150 drop head coupes and with the intervening sixty years reducing the number remaining to a tiny fraction of that number today.

This example has seemingly been significantly differentiated from many others by an excellent earlier restoration. This results in an example which is ready to use, enjoy and show with confidence. In this desirable specification, condition and colourway it is sure to draw legions or admirers wherever it goes.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1959
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model XK150
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 0
  • Engine size 3781
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Sainte-Marie-du-Câte…
  • Location International
  • Country Guernsey

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